Kriek
Brouwerij Lindemans

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From:
Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #116
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,832
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 13.77%
Reviews:
569
Ratings:
800
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 05, 2022
Added:
Jul 28, 2001
Wants:
  52
Gots:
  215
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Also known as Kriek Foudroyante

We've already told you that our family never does anything the way other people do. Kriek Lindemans is a good example of that. In order to obtain a beer like no other, we have been adding whole sour cherries to our lambic for generations. Our meeting with American importer Charles Finkel in the 1970s revolutionized the fruit beer segment. Charles convinced us to export our old kriek to the United States by boat. What we had not thought of is that the movement of the waves would reactivate the fermentation process and cause the corks to pop during the trip. It was like something out of The Adventures of Tintin. To prevent that from happening, we therefore developed an alternative production method for our kriek. We use fresh, not from concentrate, unsweetened cherry filtrate which we blend with lambic that is at least one year old before fermenting & macerating for up to 3 days and pasteurizing the whole batch. So the corks don't pop. Due to the use of filtrate and pasteurization, this kriek is sweeter and fruitier than Old Kriek Cuvée René, which undergoes a second fermentation process in the bottle. Thanks to its innovative flavour, it was a resounding success both here in Belgium as well as around the world. Nowadays, it is undoubtedly the reference kriek for consumers.

18 IBU
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Rated: 4.03 by Techichi from Texas

Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Lindemans 'Kriek' @ 3.5% , served from a red foil bottle cap corked 355 ml bottle
A-pour is red from the bottle to a dark red in the glass with a small size pink head , leaving a fine spotty lace ring along the tulip
S-cherries , bit of funk
T-sweet start leads to a acidic & tart sour finish
MF-mild carbonation , light body
Ov-interesting sweet & sour , fruit Lambic
prost LampertLand
Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
250ml bottle into a flute. Dating hard to figure out.

Looks very good, reddish amber body with a pink tinged head which leaves gobs of lacing.

Musty cherry aroma.

On tasting, cherries forward, tart and sweet.

Mouth medium, finish cherry.

Not bad, though the cherry comes of a little artificial, which I know it isn't. Not as good as framboise, but better than peche and pomme.
Aug 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
(250 ml bottle, 02 JUL 2023; purchased as part of a variety 4-pack... poured into a teku)

L: clear, ruby-colored liquid with a vibrant glow; pink swath of messy foam which settles into a gloriously craggy collar

S: not like cherry pie, more like cherry cough drop, with a vaguely medicinal lozenge overtone... like their other fruit-flavored brands, excellent intensity if a touch blaringly muddy in expression... little sense of funk, even less if any malt/wheat character

T: cherry pie filling up front with a blast of tart, tangy acidity in the finish, which continues to tingle in the aftertaste while a subtly sweetish cherry cordial smatters the palate floor... moreish, but nearly too candy-like

F: silky; punchy with its funky tartness... every nook of the palate feels coated with a thin, gummy film... the carbonation seems a bit weak, and over its course, the body gradually becomes more viscous, rounded, and syrupy, but short of laborious

O: despite its childish presentation of cherry flavor, this marriage of kriek and lambic is undeniably a match made in heaven... this may be my favorite of their fruited line (1960)
Jul 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by cold_beer

Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
250 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a deep ruby with a large, creamy head. Good lacing. Aroma and flavor feature tart pie cherry, some funk, leather, and good acidity. It's sweet but definitely not cloying. Creamy, full mouthfeel. I understand this is not a traditional super funky lambic, but it is a delicious beer nonetheless. Very tasty stuff.
Jun 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.6 by q33jeff from New Jersey

May 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.57 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

May 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.91 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Apr 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.77 by jeru23 from Rhode Island

Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This one is all cherry from start to finish on the nose and also on the palate. Not too sour, not too sweet, not too puckering, it hits right in the sweet spot (IMO) without being too overbearing or too underwhelming. I'm not a fan of the style (although have reviewed many), this is very drinkable.
Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I thought this looked amazing and was highly flavorful and mildly tart. I really like everything I've had from here so far and this is definitely also great for me. The notes on this beer are also helpful.
Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by edthehead from New York

Nov 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.36 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 16, 2021
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Rated by jdamaso84 from Colorado

1.78/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
Let’s be honest. This is trash lambic. Definitely a fruit syrup and definitely a complete bastardization of the style.

Horrible.
Oct 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 13, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Purchased as part of a Lindemans four-pack variety selection of 8.45 oz bottles at The Cellar (Troy) for $12.99. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Deep ruby with a fluffy three-finger garnet head. Laces really well.
S - Black cherry and barley are the strongest notes here. Wild yeast note towards the end.
T - Sweet and tart black cherry. Fairly sweet, but like a semisweet wine. Dr. Pepper finish.
F - Medium body and slightly more carbonation than the Pomme. Viscous. Pretty refreshing and easy to drink.
O - A well-done beer. Satisfying to sip while playing chess. Not really worth the price, but definitely worth giving it a try.
Jul 29, 2021
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Kriek pours a dark reddish color, with a big, long lasting, lacing, pink head. Aroma is big cherry. Flavor builds its sweetness, lots and lots of very sweet cherry flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, very sweet, lots of flavors, very tasty.
Jun 10, 2021
 
Rated: 2.67 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by IRONRakkasan from California

Mar 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by 10_bathrooms from Texas

Mar 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.68 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Feb 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.72 by Longhorn08 from Texas

Jan 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.07 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is cool. It is like a cherry soda. It is sweet but maybe from reading other reviews, I was expecting sweeter. I don't find it too sweet. It is quite fruity and that was expected. It is a nice change of pace from "regular" brews. Low ABV, can drink this anytime. But as others say, I would not have more than one at a time.
Dec 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours deep red with a pink head that falls off quick. Smell is cherry soda and a bit of earthiness underneath it all. Taste is sweet cherry that gives way to a bit of sourness, grassiness, herbalness and finishes pretty clean and dry. Feel is light, and well-carbonated. Pretty lively on the tongue. Overall, a decent intro to the style. It's really sweet, but to me that's OK.
Nov 27, 2020
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Dark crimson, pink foam, delicate lace, broken surface skim. It looks pretty, but my praise abruptly ends there.

Artificial cherry candy aroma, smells like a flavoring and not actual fruit. No depth or nuance here from the base lambic.

Taste is much the same, sweet artificial cherry candy, cough drops. Vague mustiness from the cork, a little soapy in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Cloyingly sweet and one dimensional. I wouldn’t be surprised if the base beer is aged in barrels at all. For awhile in the 2000's, Lindemans was just adding wood shavings to stainless steel tanks in lieu of using actual barrels.

Nothing about this is traditional or natural, it’s just a candy flavored beverage sweetned artificially with Stevia. I wasn’t expecting otherwise, Lindemans has always had this reputation. Not something i’ll ever revisit, with so many vastly superior traditional krieks on the market.

This beer is why people still have a misperception that all lambic is sweet candy-flavored fruit beer, not the complex, centuries-old anachronism that it truly is. Historically from the 1960’s-1980’s, sugary pasteurized “lambic” signaled the death knell for many traditional lambic breweries, and only now is there a renaissance for traditional lambic. No thanks to the candy factories like Belle Vue, Timmermans, De Troch, and Lindemans. Some say it was a matter of survival, but it’s still selling out, plain and simple. At least they still make Cuvee Réne, thank god for that.

Lambic - Fruit #161
Nov 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.92 by Boone757 from Virginia

Oct 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.54 by rashjay from Michigan

Sep 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Premo88 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into tall tulip
(no born-on or best-by date)

L: clear dark red topped by thick head of pink foam about an inch thick, gorgeously rich colors, the head sticks in spots, and there's enough activity to force up a constantly thick collar of pink foam and most of a skin; I expected it to be a work of art, and it is

S: Luden's cherry cough drops (cherry candy) ... even as you pour the beer you can smell the sweet cherry candy aroma; as your nose adjusts, however, there's much more complexity, some hay, wet hay, a hint of musty barn and tart earthy dark cherries; lemon peel

F: much sweeter than the nose, almost cloyingly sweet on arrival with a load of cherry candy flavor, again the Luden's cherry cough drops, and a slight tartness to it that balances out some of the sweetness; there's not as much musty hay as in the nose; as it warms, some of the earthier yeasty notes try to join in and again offer a little balance with the big cherry candy sweetness; the more the tart flavors try to join in, you sense a bit of lemon/lemon peel but only a bit

F: fluffy as a croissant with a crispy shell/crust, somehow both delicate and sturdy at the same time; there's a ton of carbonation in the beer, but you constantly sip through that thick collar of foam, so it softens the arrival and allows the carbonation to spread out ... very, very cool and interesting

O: decadent, rich, probably too sweet for some, but I love it; I can't imagine having a full session of these, for it's far too sweet, but as a changeup, it's very, very good; my guess is it's sub-4.0 score here on BA.com is that it's just too sweet for the average beer drinker, and I get that, but as a desert beer, it's an easy 4+ for me
Sep 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Sep 26, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by JAWS from New York

Sep 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.77 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Sep 19, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cherry color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has generous cherry hints
Taste follows the nose with a nice cherry flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A good lambic
Aug 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Jul 30, 2020
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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark red and pink head.
What else can bring back the spirit of spring with blooming cherry trees?
This lambic for sure!
Jul 28, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Jul 14, 2020
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
look: looks gorgeous, one to two finger light pink head which dissipates reasonably fast, some lacing, beer is ruby red in colour, a touch hazy, too hard to see any bubbles rising through it but i suspect there might be.

smell: of course, it is very cherry focused, not quite medicinal in flavour though thankfully, sweet cherry, some tart lambic sourness, not overly acidic smelling, some citrus fruits, sugary, really sweet, juicy, fresh smelling.

taste: the sour to fruity sweet balance is far more in check on the tongue than on the nose, that’s lovely, i think it’s the sourness that creeps through first, followed by a fresh wave of predominately sweet cherry flavours, but also some citrus fruits, not at all as much sugar to taste as there was to smell, but it’s still there, perhaps some slight spice flavours common to belgian ales, the finish is tart but clean, in truth it’s very nice indeed.

feel: light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, lots of sour tangyness, dry clean finish.

overall: although intensely dominated by one flavour, it still makes for a very enjoyable yet light drink, although still more of an end of night beer.
May 30, 2020
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Medium: Capped + cork, long tulip glass.
Opacity: Deep veiled.
Color: Ruby red.
Head: Foamy pink 2-3 fingers.
Legs: Poor but good lacing.
Smell: Cherries/Vanilla.
Taste: Raspberries/Wild yeast.
Feel: Candies/Tart/Flanders red/Cork wood.
Body: Full slick and slightly creamy.
Carbonation: Moderate crisp, a bit fluffy.
Overall: Super rich, sugary, and desert like. Makes a nice appetizer. High quality ingredients and brewing but really one dimensional typical of a Kriek.

Visual 7/10 - Flavors 7/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 6/10 -
Freshness 2/10 - Intensity 4/10 - Complexity 7/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10
Apr 13, 2020
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